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Winter Track, Girls BB Honored

The Mineola girl’s Varsity and JV basketball program received the Nassau County Girl’s Basketball Officials Association Sportsmanship Award. Out of 56 participating schools, the Lady Mustangs scored the highest as coaches and teams are rated by the official after each game.

 

Respect of officials, respect for visiting team, and coach’s behavior on the sideline are just a few of the areas that are scored. This is the third time Mineola High School Girl’s has been honored with this award.

 

The last time was in the 2009-10 season, where the Lady Mustangs also were conference champions. Varsity players include Kati Priolo, Samantha Venus, Samantha Pastore, Lizzy Brown, Kelly Behan, Gabby Jurksas, Erica Barron, Mallory Donelan, Monika Dharia, Erin

Beatty, and Jules Caruso, coached by Denise Zunno. JV players include, Lisa Burns, Tina Conway, Patricia Fernandez, Kathleen Guda, Velencia Hurd, Megan Kelly, Giannina Lird, Bella Mozzone, Brianna Mundy and Elizabeth Ryan. Caitlin Orlando is their coach.

 

The boys winter track team was awarded the Conference 6 Team Sportsmanship award. The winner is selected by the coaches in Conference 6, and is a testament to the professionalism, respect, tact, and maturity that the Mineola track team has practiced throughout the season’s duration, under the leadership of captains Dylan Bestler, Jake Tavernite, Andrew Pereira and Ryan Kelly. Mineola was also the Conference 6 Champion, defeating Seaford, Clarke, Friends Academy, Malverne, East Rockaway, Oyster Bay, Wheatley, and Locust Valley.

 

 

— From Mineola High School


News

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


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Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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